One big thing that has also helped has been talking with friends about it. They have them given me so much encouragement and reminded of how so very far I have come in the past year. It wasn't even a full year ago that I began running, after all. They reminded me that in that time I have run two half marathons (both under two hours), several 10Ks (hitting my goal of a sub-55:00 more than once), and several 5Ks (smashing my goal of a sub 25:00 on my third 5K). I have worked really hard and have had amazing results to show for it. I really have nothing at all to be upset about, other than a bum knee, of course. If I have done anything over the past year to be upset about, it might be the same thing I am proud of: that I pushed myself too hard.
I have a lot to be proud of, a lot of good to focus on as I postpone my marathon dream. And who knows, maybe the marathon will come this spring or summer? Who knows. I guess my knee will be the judge of that.
Currently the space on my running board where my training calendar usually resides is completely empty. Not even a blank calendar, just nothing. I have been running so little and have not been following any kind of plan or schedule. My running coach suggested that maybe I want to focus on 10Ks for a bit, while I wait to be able to ramp up my miles again. I have been sitting on it and I think that might be a great idea. Maybe I can find a great 10K training plan to focus on that will help reach an even more aggressive 10K goal. A sub 50:00, perhaps? So as I glance at the empty space on my board, I think a 10K training plan might look mighty nice there. Perhaps I can shoot for the Snohomish River Run 10K at the end of October?
I have the Athleta Iron Girl 10K coming up in September, and the Seattle Marathon half coming up in November. We shall see if I will be able to run that half. I really hope so, but I am okay letting that one go, too. I signed up for both of these races well before my knee pain began.
Turns out that without the marathon, I still have a lot to look forward to. Mostly, to healing my bum knee and getting back out there better and stronger than ever!